Wow – here’s a find !
This is a fabulous vintage ’58 Strat in completely original condition. It looks to us like the only thing changed on this guitar have been the strings. Everything else has been left the way it was the day it came out of Fender’s Fullerton facility in 1958.
Solid alder body
Three-tone original sunburst finish
One-piece fretted maple neck with a very light V profile
Nut width 1 11/16 “
Scale length 25 1/2 “
Twenty-one original frets
Black dot position markers
Small headstock original Fender "spaghetti" logo in great condition
Individual single-line Kluson Deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons
Single butterfly string tree.
Four-bolt neck plate with stamped serial number "31xxx" = 1958/59
Three white plastic-covered black-bottom single-coil pickups with staggered polepieces
Single-layer white plastic pickguard with eight screws
Three controls (one volume, two tone) plus three-way selector switch
White plastic knobs with black lettering
Fender combined bridge/tailpiece (six-pivot bridge/vibrato unit with through-body stringing)
Neck date 9-58
Body date 8-58
Pot codes are "304825" (Stackpole June 1958).
Weight is 7.55 lbs
The original cloth wiring in place, nothing touched, solder appears undisturbed. Ashtray bridge cover present and accounted for (pic to come), as is the trem arm and spring cavity backplate. The word “Josie” is inscribed in the control cavity.
This is a magnificent guitar in every way. Apart from strings and the occasional setup, it looks to us to have been left untouched and unmolested, in its original condition for 64 years.
The original 3 colour sunburst nitro lacquer is still bright with quite a lot of red in the transition, and showing very little fading. The frets are in fine shape with lots of life left in them. Everything works as it should. It plays beautifully and sounds amazing.
Can’t fault this one. It would be an absolute standout in any collection.
Comes in its original Fender tweed hard case in good condition.